Philosophy of Science and Research Methodology 7.5 credits

Vetenskapsteori, forskningsmetodik och statistik
First cycle, F0014P
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2019 Sp 2 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Christer Wiklund, Head of the Department of Arts, Communication and Education 08 Apr 2011

Last revised
by Patrik Häggqvist, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Department of Arts, Communication and Education 23 Aug 2019

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject group (SCB)

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
By the end of this course, the student shall be able to:

  • a. apply basic concepts of philosophy of science and give an outline of the conditions of science from different perspectives of philosophy of science,
  • b. in general terms give accounts of research ethical principles and the ethical considerations that are linked to scientific practice,
  • c. give an account of differences and similarities between qualitative and quantitative approaches to research, as well as the relation between scientific foundation and tested experience and its significance for the exercise of the profession,
  • d. concretize and exemplify connections between research in the educational sciences and the practice of the teacher in the primary education, as well as between subject matter didactics and methods of working within the corresponding field of research,
  • e. describe within educational science commonly used methods for data collecting, data processing and data analysis, as well as identify methodological issues within each phase of the research,
  • f. interpret and use information from databases, and from a statistical perspective examine reports and scientific texts that are relevant for school and education,
  • g. perform a secondary data analysis with data from the databases of the National Agency for Education and international surveys in the area of education (TIMSS and PISA).

  • Concepts of and distinctions within philosophy of science
  • The research process
  • Methods for data collecting, data processing and data analysis
  • Qualitative and quantitative approaches to research
  • The methods of science in relation to subject matter didactics
  • The practice of the teacher in the primary education in relation to scientific foundation / tested experience
  • Research ethics
  • Elementary statistics

Lectures, seminars, group-work and individual studies.

The examination consists of a written exam (aims a-c, 4.5 credits) and assignment reports (aims d-e, 1.5 hp, and aims f-g, 1.5 hp, respectively). To attain the grade ”G” on the course, every item has to be passed with at least the grade ”G”. To attain the grade ”VG” on the course, an additional requirement is that at least 4.5 of the credits are passed with the grade ”VG”.

Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETS educational administration, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Transition terms

Anders Odenstedt

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2019 Sp 2 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
.Backman, Y., Gardelli, T., Gardelli, V. & Persson, A. (2012). Vetenskapliga tankeverktyg. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Bryman, A. (2018). Samhällsvetenskapliga metoder. (Upplaga 3). Stockholm: Liber.
Hansson, S.O. (2007). Konsten att vara vetenskaplig. (Kompendium.)
Stukát, S. (1993). Statistikens grunder. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Vetenskapsrådet (2002). Forskningsetiska principer inom humanistisk-samhällsvetenskaplig forskning. Stockholm: Vetenskapsrådet.

Additional reading:
Contemporary articles from international scientific journals, approx. 200 pages.

Course offered by
Department of Arts, Communication and Learning

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0004Theory of Science/Written examU G VG *4.50MandatoryS13
0005Methodology, Assignment reportU G#1.50MandatoryS13
0006Statistics, Assignment reportU G#1.50MandatoryS13